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  1. How celebrity endorsements have evolved

    January 25, 2015 by Kelly Bateson

    After much work and worry, your celebrity endorsement strategies have paid off. You receive a thank you note from Jennifer Aniston with regards for the lovely spa weekend you treated her to. Or you receive a photo from Brad Pitt wearing the suit you sent him. So what do you do next? Now that you’ve seemed to have landed the big kahuna, do you keep reaching out to new celebrities? Do you simply expect that Jennifer and Brad are going to now start talking you up every chance they get? In a word, no. It’s time to stop and leverage these new celebrity relationships in order to make the most of them. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to count on them to bring sales to your company and to promote your brand.

    Want to hear the good news? Well, the good news is that the photo you received and the  note you were sent are not hard to leverage. What do you do if it’s so easy? Well, attach the photo to an email. Despite the instinct to publicize the note, don’t. I’ll explain later in the post. Contact the press directly; again, an email blast is usually the best technique. After all, it is merely an abbreviated press release in the form of an email. A good email blast contains a subject line (keep this concise but include the celebrity’s name. This will immediately grab the media’s attention), a headline, a few sentences about how the celebrity is and has been associated with your product, a few sentences about your company and about the product or service, a photo of the celebrity carrying or wearing your product, and a signature with complete contact info.

    When you are explaining the celebrity’s association with the product, be concise. Try to do so in four sentences or less. As previously stated, don’t forget to include a picture of the client wearing or holding the product. Seeing is believing. In your email blast, don’t include the note, for the note was meant for your eyes only. Any inclusion in a public display might be viewed as an invasion of privacy. Such an invasion might annoy the celebrity and cause a breakage in relationship.

    Regarding the photo you send, do not send it as an attachment but instead make it part of the email photo. Gmail will allow you to embed a photograph directly into the body of the email. This is superior to an attachment since it is immediately visible and doesn’t require any clicking. If the photo isn’t yours, incldue a link to the website where you originally found it.

    Without question, celebrity endorsements make an immense impact on consumer choices. You want to get the connection between your product and the celebrity out there so consumers can see it and so they can come back and buy your product. And e-blast, again, is an excellent first step toward doing that. You want the celebrity on your side, on the side of your product. Go out there and make it happen.

     

     

     

     


  2. Self storage is a great solution for all of your outdoor toys

    January 15, 2015 by Megan Crow

    self storageIf you live in the mountains, you are probably an avid outdoor sportsman. You probably love to hike, ski, fish, kayak, or play in the snow. Over time, you have probably accumulated a good amount of toys to support your outdoor habit. You may have collected items critical to your adventurous nature. If you happen to live in a small space with very little storage, where in the world do you put it all? Do you have things scattered about your apartment? Or do you try to shove it all in a closet or under your bed? Sometimes that just is not possible. Sometimes these items are just too big to put just anywhere. When your outdoor toys have outgrown your space, think about self storage as a solution.

    Have a snow mobile? Or have two? No problem. A storage facility in your neighborhood should have plenty of storage space for your snow toys. Sometimes it is just not feasible to park your snow mobiles in your driveway. Or even if it is feasible, sometimes it is just not practical. Why clutter up your driveway with items you do not even use most of the year? Why not store your snow mobiles in a safe climate controlled storage unit instead? Not only will you free up your driveway, you will be protecting your snow mobiles from the elements as well. You can conveniently store them when not in use and equally as conveniently get them out when you need them.

    Are you a ski bum or snowboarding addict? Do you live for the snow and look forward to the first flakes of the year? Have you collected so much ski or snowboard gear that you have run out of places to put it? Skis and snowboards are both cumbersome and sometimes challenging to find a place to put them. Self storage can help you out. Keep those awesome items in storage during the warmer months and break them out when you are ready to shred some snow. All of that gear can add in terms of space, so consider storing them offsite instead of in your home, especially if you live in a small space or have very little storage.

    Love to kayak in the summertime? Or canoe across a lake in the fall? Great! Where do you keep these large items during those wintery cold months when not in use? A storage unit of course! Self storage is the perfect solution for these really big rides. Since these items are typically a large investment, you would be wise to protect them from the elements or from any damage. A storage unit is a great way to protect your investment.

    Need a place to store all of your adventure toys? Look into the option of renting a storage unit. It is a great place to put your gear when not in use. There are varying sizes of units to choose from that can provide you with the appropriate amount of space for your items.


  3. Essential oil based fizzy baths are fun and therapeutic!

    January 15, 2015 by Caroline Yates

    For those who have children, bath time can be a bit problematic. After all, who likes forcing a child who doesn’t want to go into a bathtub? What’s more, imagine said child is sick and fussy on top of needing a bath. These are all scenarios we have all had to deal with at one point or another and ones that leave us feeling not only frustrated, but also very aware of the fact that we need to be clean, as do our kids. Plus, children and adults alike have things that bother them, both physically and emotionally. Whether your child is http://www.planttherapy.comone who has trouble sleeping or perhaps trouble focusing in school, there is truly something for everyone when it comes to essential oils. So, why not combine, for example, the power of frankincense oil from Plant Therapy with the wonderful feeling of a good relaxing bath? This is what you can get all when you make a homemade fizzy bath mix. The process is easy, and it gives you an opportunity to do something good for your children while also making that something fun! After all, who doesn’t love a great fizzy bath? Plus, with the seasonal illnesses cropping up everywhere as well as the traditional holiday stresses abounding, it can be a challenge to make sure that everyone gets the right amount of down time, including yourself! So, to recap, making these fun bath time means creating a great bath time remedy and entertainment for your children and a great way to relax for you; it clearly can’t get any better than that!

    So, how does it work? Creating these little gems is easy but does require a bit of patience. You’ll need to start with two and a half cups of baking soda, one cup of epsom salt, a quarter cup of citric acid, two tablespoons of jojoba, and the essential oils of your choosing! You’ll start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Next, add fifteen to twenty drops of your favorite essential oils to the jojoba, then combine the dry mixture as well as the oils. Mixing these things together does require a little bit of patience, and you will need to spritz frequently with water to prevent the citric acid from fizzing before you get in the bath! Once the mixture is together enough, press into molds and let dry for a day in the mold. Store the bath fizzes in an air tight container, and you are finished! As mentioned before, these make great gifts or are great for you and your family. Here are some essential oil combination ideas, also great in an aromatherapy nebulizer!

    • “Let it Go” and “Night Night” for adults and children respectively. These are great for adults and children alike who tend to get worked up before bed.
    • Relax Synergy is perfect for a relaxing night in, and a bath with a glass of wine.
    • Calming the Child or Sweet Dreams essential oil combinations are also perfect for the kids as they need to wind down before heading to bed!

  4. It is Important to Go to the Right Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

    January 6, 2015 by Ben Brannian

    medical marijuana dispensariesMedical marijuana is an often discussed subject, in today’s society, and, as more and more studies come out, it is starting to look like a very legitimate and worthwhile medical pursuit.  After all, medical marijuana has the ability to treat many different conditions, in ways that most other drugs and treatment methods cannot.  If for no other reason, medical marijuana is an extremely safe drug, as it has a fairly low risk of dependency and, essentially, no risk of overdose, no matter how much of it is ingested.  Apart from that, it is promising because of the wide range of serious and chronic conditions, for which it is an extremely effective treatment.  Furthermore, because there are so many different kinds of marijuana products and strains, it is important to go to the right medical marijuana dispensaries.  They all carry different marijuana strains and products, and, in order for treatment to be maximally effective, you need to find something specifically suited, to your chronic condition or ailment.

    Marijuana is an extremely unique drug, and it has a lot of potential, to do a lot of good.  For that matter, it already has had an enormous impact on those who use the drug, every day, to relieve their symptoms.  Whether you have glaucoma, cancer, anxiety, or one of countless other conditions, you may be able to find amazing symptom relief, in the form of marijuana.  That being said, for maximum effectiveness, it helps to find specific strains and products that are recommended, to treat your condition.  Every strain has a unique effect, as a result of the fact that each strain has a unique combination of cannabinoids.  Of these, THC is the most famous, simply because it is found in the highest concentrations, and it is the cannabinoid that is primarily responsible for creating the feelings of euphoria and concentration, which recreational users seek.  This is not to say that THC does not have its medical uses, as it is one of the most effective natural pain killers, with a much lower rate of dependency than opiates and opioids, and virtually no risk of overdose.  So, though THC is not the only important cannabinoid, most patience still want it there, in at least a small quantity.

    There are, however, certain marijuana strains and products that are bred to be low in THC, but high in other beneficial cannabinoids.  Of these beneficial cannabinoids, CBD is the most well-researched, and it has been shown to have amazing effects, when it comes to treating everything from cancer to seizures.  CBD strains are going to continue to rise in popularity, as medical marijuana takes off, across the nation.  CBD is interesting because it does not provide any intoxication, and it can even balance out some of the more unpleasant side effects that some users experience, with THC.  For this reason, despite what you may hear about marijuana’s effect on the brain, CBD can actually reduce the effects of anxiety and even psychosis, making it useful in the medical as well as the mental health field.


  5. It is Wise to Have the Contact Information of a Good Plumbing and HVAC Company, on Hand.

    December 27, 2014 by Ben Brannian

    plumbingThough your home is stationary, it is, in many ways, a functioning series of systems.  Everything from your plumbing to your electrical wiring needs to be functioning properly, in order for you to be able to live your life, in a way that is safe, comfortable, and enjoyable.  Needless to say, when one of these systems, such as your plumbing or HVAC, fails, it can be extremely frustrating.  Nonetheless, if you remain calm and call the right people, the problem will be solved, and you will be able to get back to your life.  In order to be thoroughly prepared, it is a good idea to have the contact information of a good plumbing and HVAC company, on hand, such as Papalia Plumbing and Heating, Inc, in Acton, Massachusetts.

    There are varying degrees of severity, when it comes to HVAC and plumbing problems, and it is helpful to able to tell the difference between a severe problem and one that is less severe.  In terms of plumbing, this is somewhat of a gray area, but there are a few things to look out for.  In extreme cases, emergency plumbing help is required.  Emergency plumbers are available at all hours of the night, since there is no telling when an emergency will occur.  That being said, you should not call an emergency plumber, for just any plumbing issues, so you should try to figure out how bad the problem is.  Generally speaking, if there is water currently leaking, in some area of your home, in large amounts, you should call an emergency plumber.  The reason this is such an urgent plumbing situation is the fact that water is destructive, to a variety of different materials, including wood, electronics, and most fabrics.  In order to avert massive amounts of destruction, which could total in the many thousands of dollars, you should undoubtedly call an emergency plumber.  On the other hand, if the leak is small and has occurred somewhere, such as a bathtub or sink, you can probably wait until business hours, to call your plumber.

    Though most plumbing issues are not emergencies, most of them are fairly urgent, meaning they should be dealt with quickly, preferably within a day of noticing the problem.  This is because even seemingly benign and minor plumbing problems are often symptomatic of other, more serious plumbing issues.  You can avoid the progression into more serious plumbing problems, though, if you are vigilant enough, to call a good plumber, right away.  Of course, it is imperative that the plumber you have called is knowledgeable, since ignoring or misdiagnosing your plumbing issue can put you in a difficult situation.  One of the most minor, yet still problematic, plumbing issues a clogged drain.  Clogged drains can be irritating, whether they occur in the bathtub or sink, and, more often than not, liquid drain cleaner is not enough to do the trick.  Fortunately, a drain cleaning is a simple procedure, and any skilled plumber can have it done, in a matter of minutes, in most cases.


  6. If you are single, plan your retirement around a CCRC.

    December 27, 2014 by lincoln Deffenbaugh

    http://www.morningstarseniorliving.comOne of the most common practices around the world is to work until a certain age and then retire.  People choose to retire later in life because they have their financial needs meet and they’d like to spend their time pursuing recreational activities.  There are some people out there that choose to work until they no longer can, but most people only work until they no longer need to.  As soon as they are sure that they will have enough money to last them the rest of their life, they quit their jobs and enter retirement.  For most people, retirement is something to aspire to, a state of being that only people who are disciplined are able to achieve.

    What often ends up happening to people in retirement, however, is that they soon grow bored.  If there is one thing you can say about a job, it’s that it occupies a great deal of time for people.  Once all of that time is made available to them, many people simply don’t know how to fill it.  For the first few months they might perform odd jobs around their home or complete projects that they’ve been meaning to tackle for years, but after a few months or years, people simply don’t know what to do.

    It is due to this boredom and lack of purpose that many people choose to live in a type of retirement community.  These communities put many people who are at the same stage of life (retirement) close together, so that they can join together for hobbies or other communal activities.  Having other people around opens up all kinds of options for people to do things.  This level of community helps to deteriorate some of that boredom that many people feel, giving their life purpose and meaning once again.

    These types of communities are also great for people who either choose or end up being single during their retirement.  Any manner of CCRC, continuing care retirement community, is a great option for people who are single, because it allows them the opportunity to socialize with other people and make friends.  Even if people choose to be single, it can still get quite lonely during retirement if they have no one to spend their time with.  CCRCs at the very least provide people with optional communal meals and activities that they can join and take part in at their leisure.

    Another great benefit of retirement communities is that many of them have a great deal of amenities available.  For example, many retirement communities come complete with swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, bowling alleys, and other amenities that residents can use when they like.  This provides them with all manner of options to do things.  Also, it gives them even more opportunities to meet new people and build relationships.  It is for these many reasons that many people plan their retirement around CCRCs or other types of retirement communities.  MorningStar Senior Living, www.morningstarseniorliving.com, is a great senior living company that offers various different types of options for seniors and people retiring.  Look into their organization to learn more about the many different options you have when it comes to retirement.


  7. The Deal with Plantation Shutters

    December 22, 2014 by Emi

    What are plantation shutters? Think of it this way, they are like blinds for windows are made up of broad slats and then mounted to a solid frame. The main purpose of this type of shutters is to create a shade to ensure that the inside of the house remains cool but at the same it can help encourage air to flow freely inside. Are you still not familiar with them? They are also known as jalousies.

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    Historically jalousies is said to have been used as early as the Middle Ages. The reason why they were used during this period was because windows then did not use glass. Thus in rainy or during strong winds, all one needed to do was close the shutters and when it was all over, they could then be opened. They could also be opened to improve ventilation in the room and allow fresh air to come in. Going back to historical accounts, when the colonists reached South America, they found out that the way these window coverings were designed provided a good fit for the climate. Since they were used in many of the old plantation houses, it is said that this may be a reason why they are known today as “plantation shutters.”

    A plantation shutter can come in different sizes or shapes allowing them to fit in different types of windows. There are cases where they can even be used on doors. The original ones were designed specifically to fit in the whole window. They had a rod placed in the middle of the structure to allow a person to close or open the blinds. Additionally the plantation shutters were also hinged allowing them to be pulled and create a larger opening for better ventilation. There are also designs today wherein the shutters can be folded so that it is easier to open them wider.

    There are also those known as café-style. Unlike the usual shutters, they do not open all the way but only partway instead. This gives you a bit of privacy without closing the whole window. Today instead of being made purely of wood, some types have parts that are made of glass. With these improvements, one can better ensure proper insulation without sacrificing the amount of light that enters.

    In addition many of this type of window coverings come in different materials as well. It can be made from plastic or other composites. They are also available in many stores like Colorado Shade and Shutter. Aside from plantation shutters they also offer products like Norman Shutters, Sunland or Polywood.

    Jalousies are very good especially in areas or regions where you experience different types of weather. For hot months you can open them to let air in. During cold periods you can keep them closed without impeding your ability to see outside. If you want to know more about shutters visit the showroom of Colorado Shade and Shutter or go their website at http://www.shutterscolorado.com/

    Who knows? Maybe then you will receive that plantation shutters may be the right one for you.

     


  8. GIA Certified Diamonds Guarantees That You are Getting the Diamond That You Want

    December 13, 2014 by Linda Wilhemsen

    loose diamonds“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That has been a saying for many years. Diamonds say a lot about a person and what they like. They are very important in our lifetime for many reasons. For someone who is getting married, they represent a love story. What would an engagement be without a diamond? To a woman, diamonds represent love. A girl can never have too many diamonds or a diamond that is too large. Diamonds say a lot about a person and a lot about their partner. Diamond necklaces and diamond bracelets and earrings are always a gift that says, “I think a lot of you” or “I love you.” To receive any kind of a gift with diamonds is always a treasured gift as it is not only beautiful but it expresses feelings from the giver. Diamonds have been a part of life for most people.

    MID Diamonds is one of the largest manufacturers and distributers of loose diamonds, fancy colored diamonds, EGL and GIA diamonds and wholesale diamonds. They have been selling to diamond retailers for the past 50 years. This is still a family run business founded on principles of mutual respect, quality and dedicated service. All of their loose diamonds and fancy colored diamonds are GIA certified, HRD certified, and EGL certified. They have a great reputation of providing only the best diamonds to their retailers.

    There are many grades of diamonds and for the average person, it may be difficult to know if it is the best possible quality. However, the standard for grading and describing diamonds that is available, makes it easier for consumers to know what they are buying. The terminology is set for describing diamonds so the consumer can understand what they are buying or wearing. Many times it becomes very important for someone to make sure that they are getting the best grade of diamond for their special someone. They may want something that is a superior grade in order to impress their partner with a special gift that lets them know of their affection for them. Diamonds are always the best way to go when picking jewelry for someone. Diamonds hold their value and they never wear out. They always look beautiful. The retail stores that carry diamond products and jewelry are required to be honest when describing and selling their products so that the average person can rest assured that they are buying what they want.

    GIA certified diamonds means that they are guaranteed to be what they say they are. This laboratory of diamond experts have the job of grading and rating the diamonds. You can rest assured that you are getting the diamonds that the description says that they are. This laboratory is the most common used to grade and examine diamonds. If a diamond is GIA certified you can be sure that it is exactly what it says that it is according to grade and rating. You are getting exactly what you are paying for.


  9. Find the right place for the best roof repair

    December 12, 2014 by Chelsie

    It seems that these days construction workers are a dime a dozen. Everyone and their brother seems to think they are “trained professionals” and can take on any job you have for them from plumbing and electric to foundational work and construction. However, when a home owner has an issue with his or her roof leaking, hail damage, or worse, you want to be sure that that “trained professional” is in fact trained and professional. So how can you tell who is for real and who is just trying to make a few extra bucks on the side while they maintain their day job? Well, if you live in the Denver metro or surrounding areas, you should truly consider the excellent and experienced staff at Roofcorp of Metro Denver Inc. for your roof repair.

    These folks can back up the statement that they are trained professionals. They have been satisfying customers in and around the Denver metro and front range areas for over seventeen years. These knowledgeable roofers have the know how and the incentive to complete your job. In fact, they have already successfully completed over ten thousand roofing jobs already. This type of experience is hard to come by in this industry, but with Roofcorp of Metro Denver Inc. you and your family can rest assured that there is no issue they have not run into and resolved in the past and there is nothing they are not prepared for.

    These folks have also established a very strong track record of success throughout the time they have been around. In the seventeen years of existence for Roofcorp of Metro Denver Inc. they have earned an accreditation with the better business bureau and maintained an A+ grade with them for years. If this is not enough to assure you that these guys do quality work, do some research yourself. Do a thorough internet search on the company and read reviews both positive and if you can find any, negative. Make sure that the pros outweigh the cons and take notes so you can ask questions about these issues to the company itself if you decide to move forward with them. Then after your internet investigation you should contact Roofcorp of Metro Denver Inc. yourself and ask for a list of roof repairpast client references. All too often people get these references and immediately feel like since they were readily given, they must be all good and they never call them. This is a mistake taken by lazy people. Continue your own investigation and call these references. Ask them some of the questions you created from your internet research. Ask them other questions about price, professionalism, timeliness, punctuality, customer service and quality of work. Of course do not end the conversations without asking if they would recommend them again.

    Do these simple tasks before you decide to hire any company to perform roofing repairs on you home and you will not be unhappy you did. You can spend days or even weeks researching the perfect roofing company, but if you live in the Denver metro or surrounding areas, you can feel confident that Roofcorp of Metro Denver Inc. will perform quality work at a great price.


  10. What makes your video-sharing site unique

    December 3, 2014 by Shauna

    There are a number of different kinds of picture and video sharing sites out there and all of them have taken a slightly different track in the process of making their program stand out from the rest. Since different people and different projects need a different set of options, there is almost always something out there to match with practically every project and every need. Because of the diversity out there with different programs, it should not be difficult for you to find a program that is going to be the perfect frame for your photo or video project. Since there are too many different photo and video uploading and sharing sites out there to go over all of them, I will instead tell you a little bit about what makes one program in particular unique.

    The photo and video-sharing site that I want to talk about this time is called Brain-Slam. Here are a few of the points that stand out about Brain-Slam, the things that make it unique for it’s users.brain slam

    1. Brain-Slam limits users in the length of their photo slide shows and their videos. There is of course a place and a time for longer photo slide shows and videos but Brain-Slam is not that place for that. Brain-Slam limits all of its users to either only ten photos in the slide show or up to thirty seconds of video. While this might not be long enough for every kind of project, it can force users to cut down on the boring and unimportant part of their photo slide shows or videos so that at the end all that you are left with is the best of the best. This point also allows so that users can see as many different videos as possible in a short amount of time.
    2. The Brain-Slam Social IQ Rating System. Most sites have some sort of rating system for videos so users can say what they liked and what they did not like but only Brain-Slam has the kind of weird rating system that includes categorizations like Disturbed, Sick and Wrong, Clunker, Intense, and Brain-Slam.  This can tell a user far more about what to expect in a video than a simple like or do not like button.
    3. When you use Brain-Slam, in some way or another you help raise awareness for optic nerve disorders. It is not fully clear to me what the extent of the partnership between the two groups are but there is some sort of conglomeration so that Brain-Slam can help the charity organization raise awareness.
    4. Brain-Slam works together with other social media sites so that once you upload your videos to Brain-Slam you can share the video across other platforms as well. Since they are connected and easily gone between, you will not have to waist a bunch of your time uploading your photos or videos to multiple platforms. This way you can spend your time on much more important things like getting out there and taking more videos.

  11. You can Consider FHA Home Loans, as They are a Viable Alternative to Conventional Home Loans.

    November 30, 2014 by Ben

    FHA home loansFor the vast majority of individuals in the United States, a home is the largest purchase they ever consider making.  In many cases, it is in your best interest to buy your own home, rather than having to rent your place of residence, for your whole life.  Still, it is a major decision, and you cannot buy one, without giving serious thought to both your ability and willingness to make payments on it, for years to come.  Furthermore, even if you can afford to make payments, you need to find a lender willing to provide the money to actually purchase the home, since, for most people, buying a house, outright, is virtually unthinkable.  Unfortunately, with credit problems, such as a low credit score, getting a home loan the conventional way can be tricky if not impossible.  You can consider FHA home loans, though, as they are a viable alternative to conventional home loans, and they do not necessarily exclude those with credit problems.  For this reason, they are often called bad credit home loans.

    FHA home loans, though they are facilitated by the Federal Housing Administration, do not come directly from the government.  In fact, the money that the loans consist of does not come from the government, at all.  Instead, it comes from many of the exact same lenders, from which you would get a conventional loan.  That being said, the Federal Housing Administration does play an essential role, as they provide the insurance policies, that protect the lenders, who provide these loans.  While this would seem to be only beneficial for the lender, it is actually beneficial for everyone involved.  The lender gets protected from having to provide a risky loan, and the borrower gets a reasonable loan, despite his or her credit issues.  After all, the lenders are not able to charge the exorbitant interest rates, that typically characterize loans given to people with bad credit, because the government provided insurance eliminates the risk, on their part.  Without the risk, they do not have an excuse to charge elevated interest rates and large down payments.  As a matter of fact, the down payments required for bad credit home loans are so low that even many people with impeccable credit apply for them, simply because they do not have the money saved for a large downpayment.

    In short, everyone gets what they want from an FHA loan.  That being said, they are still merely a home loan, and they still require a great deal of commitment and discipline, in order to be paid off.  For this reason, it is necessary to talk to a qualified loan advisor, in order to establish your eligibility for a bad credit mortgage.  While the credit restrictions are not as severe as they are for most other home loans, there is absolutely no disputing the income requirements.  Without adequate income, there can be no way to obtain a home loan, since there is no way for the borrower to make payments, so this will be the primary concern, when it comes to eligibility.


  12. A new asphalt driveway can help you sell your home

    November 28, 2014 by Shauna

    While the housing market has surely regained a lot of its strength over the last few years, it is still a long way from where it was before the housing crisis. This means that while at least people are able to find buyers when selling their house, they have to put in a lot more work to sell the house than they have had to do in years past. Of course how easy it is going to be to sell your home and how much you are going to be able to get for it is going to be incredibly dependent on your particular house and your particular expectations.

    The trick with being a seller in this market is that there needs to be nothing bad that really sticks out. Of course every house has its little problems here and there but if the buyer knows that there is going to be this one big thing in the way or something that they are going to have to invest time and money in, they are likely to put that house on the no list and move on to the next. These kinds of big issues are usually things like a foundation that is going to hell, a bad roof or a cracked and torn up driveway. While having problems with your foundation or your roof is going to probably be a big hassle and expense for whoever has to undertake that project, at least if you have a messed up driveway, that should not be all that difficult to take care of and it can make a big difference in the way that your home looks to potential buyers.

    asphaltThe driveway and the front of the home are the two things that any potential buyer sees first with your home so it is a vital part of the first impression. If you have a cracked and damage driveway it foreshadows the possibility of other problems around the house. If you go ahead and call an asphalt repaving company like Holland Hurst though, they can come and have your driveway repaved in a matter of no time. It is a bit of an extra expense that most people are not super happy about paying but the fee for asphalt repaving is generally not that high and you should be able to get that money back with the extra cost that you can charge for the house plus the saved time that you would spend trying to sell the house. Usually a driveway can be repaved with new asphalt in a few hours and then it just needs a few days or so in order to dry and set. It pretty much means that you are going to have to park on the street for a few days but it will be well worth it to have your driveway repaved with asphalt so that your driveway looks new and beautiful. Since asphalt paving is so common as well, it should be easy to find a great asphalt paving company to do the work as well.


  13. Put Geranium Egyptian in your oil diffuser to help with insomnia, but not Geranium Bourbon!

    November 23, 2014 by Caroline Yates

    When it comes to an essential oil with a few different species, it can be really important to know a bit about both before investing in and using one over the other. For example, if examining the uses of Frankincense oil, you might find yourself intrigued because of the helpful effects in treating rheumatoid arthritis. However, one specific species of Frankincense oil is best utilized in treating rheumatoid arthritis and without finding the correct solution, you will find yourself in a tricky situation with a frankincense oil that does not actually treat the symptoms you were hoping that it would treat! The same goes for Geranium. This is a miraculous essential oil for two very distinct kinds of treatment, but if you put one Geranium in your oil diffuser when you intend to put the other in, you will be in for a surprise. Geranium Egyptian is excellent in helping you work through emotional conditions and stresses and can be especially useful for battling insomnia, whereas Geranium Bourbon is a miracle worked when it comes to skin care and as an insect repellant when outdoors. The differences here are quite clear and very distinct, and if you place the wrong one in your oil diffuser when going to bed at night, you will find yourself with a not-so-pleasant surprise, unless of course you are sleeping outdoors and want insects to stay away! Here is a more thorough breakdown of the two Geraniums so that you have a clearer picture of when you should use each in order to achieve the best effects of both!

    Geranium Egyptian: This is the type of Geranium that is excellent as a relaxant. It has been used for quite some time as a relaxant that can be used through an oil diffuser, used through an aromatherapy nebulizer or even in baths, lotions, or creams to help calm the mind. Like its Bourbon counterpart, it is also very healing for the skin and provides the same calming effects externally. Specifically, Geranium Egyptian is great for fighting eczema, re-hydrating your skin, or working on your skin’s overall complexion. You can even dilute geranium in your shampoo in order to combat head lice! The only reason to watch out for Geranium Egyptian is that it might interact with drugs in a negative way, specifically medications intended to help fight diabetes.

    Geranium Bourbon: Much like its Egyptian counterpart, Geranium Bourbon is great as a http://www.planttherapy.com/stress reliever. It has been found to be particularly helpful when it comes to PMS, mild depression, and other anxiety and tension. It is best described as an essential oil that works towards a general energizing effect. It is also a magnificent insect repellant an massage oil. Geranium Bourbon is best utilized in this external capacity, and many people find it most useful in combatting tension as well as skin conditions such as eczema, hemorrhoids, cellulite, and other problems. Perhaps that is the beauty of Geranium Bourbon; through dealing with external issues, it can become quite powerful in tackling internal issues as well!


  14. THREE WAYS PRECISION MOTION SYSTEMS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD OF MANUFACTURING

    November 23, 2014 by Sonny Andrew

    1. Making new technologies possible. While there are no limits to what the human mind can accomplish, there are things which the human hand will never be able to achieve. In the last hundred or so years the world has seen a rise in technology which has swept across the world and changed the way we live our lives in almost every way possible. There is new hope for the future of man and much of that hope can be found in the boundless technologies that are making many things which before were never even dreamt of, a true possibility. Companies like www.alioindustries.com are revolutionizing the world of precision motion systems. It is hard to guess just how far ahead the new methods of manufacturing might bring people, but what can be said without a shadow of a doubt is that inventors are now working with limitless possibilities when it comes to what kinds of product can conceivably be manufactured. A propeller which ten years ago was thought impossible because the cuts in the blades had to be so small that no machinery in the time could make them, today they are being produced in a shop in South Korea. Medical tolls which before were too complex for any existing machines to give us, now we have a whole new line of medical devices that are making it possible to detect and treat diseases better than ever before in the history of man. One of the most exciting new sectors of the industry to be shaken by the new developments in precision motion system has been the car industry which promises to be able to design and manufacture new cars which are affordable for all people and safer than any car on the road today.
    2. Precision motion systems are cutting down on error and making products cheaper for the consumers. Whenever there are a lot of poorly made products that have to be inspected and taken back to the shop to be built again, you are going to have a rise in the cost of manufacturing. Today however, the machinery and technology being used has gotten to be so dead on precise that the number of defect items has started to shrink considerably and it has made a visible difference in the prices that people are paying for any items which are made in machine shops. Over time, as the work gets to be more and more exact, the prices will continue to drop and make it easier for anyone to buy items which before were out of their cost range.
    3. Increased safety for workers. Linear motion systems have turned what were once extremely dangerous jobs, into tasks which workers can accomplish with all the safety of any normal shop job. Linear motion technology has not removed the human element from the production of the items but it has made it so the human element has ceased to be so hand in hand with dangerous machinery. Many new methods of making new improvements so all machinery work can one day be safe are being done every day.

     


  15. Don’t forget the upholstery when getting your carpets cleaned

    November 20, 2014 by Shauna

    On the line of things that generally tend to get dirtier quicker in your home, the carpets are for sure up there towards the top. Given the fact that we walk on them constantly and it is not really common in the United States for people to take their shoes off before they go into a home, it is really no surprise that this is the case. This is why it is more important to have your carpets professionally cleaned more than pretty much anything else in your home.

    carpet cleaningWhile other things in our home do not need to be cleaned as often as your carpets, since most professional carpet cleaning companies like Sweet’s Chem Dry also offer other cleaning services like area rug cleaning or upholstery cleaning, it is a really good idea to go ahead and have them do some of these things while they are there already cleaning your carpets. Things like upholstery cleaning does not need to be done quite as often as professional carpet cleaning since generally they do not get as dirty as quickly as the carpets in your home do, but maybe having your upholstery cleaned every second or third time that you have your carpets professionally cleaned can really make all of the difference.

    Having Sweet’s Chem Dry come and professionally clean your upholstery can not only lift out the dirt and grime that has settled on your furniture over the years but it can also help restore the look and feeling of the upholstery as well. Over time the upholstery can get smooshed down and look more ratted and dirty. Since the Chem Dry process uses carbonation to clean surfaces rather than just pushing a lot of water and harsh chemicals into something until it is clean, carpets and upholstery can actually look newer and fresher after Sweet’s Chem Dry gives it a go instead of looking so pushed down and crippled.

    If you are unsure about what in your home should be cleaned by Sweet’s Chem Dry or if you have any questions about how exactly the Chem Dry process works, you can easily get a hold of anyone from the Chem Dry staff through either their phone number or their website. You can of course also just stop by their store in Sherwood, Oregon. If you have questions regarding something that you have in your home like your carpets or a piece of furniture and how it would work to clean it with Chem Dry, you can get someone from the Sweet’s Chem Dry team to come over and take a look at what you have and figure out the best means to get it cleaned and back to it’s beautiful and clean state. This is almost always a free service so you do not have to worry at all about it and instead can focus on what you want to be cleaned in your home and just how nice it will be after to have a home full of clean and fresh carpets and furniture.


  16. One company is the easy choice for LP records.

    November 15, 2014 by lincoln Deffenbaugh

    http://www.soundstagedirect.comIn 2009, the total sales of vinyl records in the United States rebounded, matching the total number sold in 1998.  Vinyl records sound great and are extremely durable, so it makes sense that they have seen a resurgence in the United States over the last few years.  As this has happened, the number of companies involved in the industry has also grown.  In major cities, new vinyl records stores are springing up all over, claiming to offer the widest variety at the most affordable rates.  It can be difficult, as a consumer, to know which company to purchase from.  Fortunately, there is one company that stands out among their competition.  SoundStage Direct is the easy choice for LP records, turntables, accessories, and so much more.

    For one, SoundStage Direct is an online store.  This means that no matter where you live in the country, or even the world, you can purchase products from them.  Rather than having to be constricted by your personal geography and the stores in your area, you can browse their online store from the comfort of your own home.  Also, their shipping costs are incredibly reasonable, and if you purchase $49.99 worth of materials, they’ll cover the shipping for you.

    Another reason they are a great choice is their incredible selection.  No matter what album you are looking for, it is almost a guarantee that they carry it.  They have each of the albums they well organized into its particular genre.  You simply click on a genre, and search through it alphabetically until you find the album you are looking for.  Or, to make the process even quicker, you can type the artist or album title into the search box and they’ll pull it up for you.

    In addition to their incredible variety of vinyl records, they also carry numerous other accessories and items related to records.  For example, they are certified by VPI to sell VPI turntables.  These turntables, as you probably know, are some of the best you can find on the market.  They have a wide selection, and they also sell countless accessories to go along with them.  In addition to VPI turntables, you can also find a Rega turntable or accessories.  In addition to turntables, they also offer a huge selection of other equipment, from cartridges to headphones to particular cables.  Their speaker selection is also incredible, as they carry some of the best known brands on the planet.  They even offer equipment for cleaning your records.

    The final reason as to why they are the clear choice for all of your vinyl records needs is their outstanding level of customer service.  Often, when you purchase something online, that is the last time you ever hear from the company.  Not the case with SoundStage Direct.  They always answer their phone, return emails quickly, and so much more.  They provide an FAQ section, where you can find answers to your most pressing questions, and they even include an articles and news section where they provide the latest information on the industry.  For all of these reasons, they are an easy choice the next time you are looking to purchase vinyl records.


  17. Magnetic tape – types and uses:

    November 12, 2014 by Emma

    There are a lot of uses of magnetic tapes all around the home, school and place of living. Magnetic tape is actually two sided tape one side having adhesive face and at second end, you can find magnetic face. It means you can stick this magnetic tape into number of various different surfaces. This tape is economic, versatile, thin and flexible. This unique property of tape makes it useful for various different applications.  This tape is invention of Martha Stewart who has created an excellent tape for household use. All you have to do is to take a little piece of magnetic tape and stick it into your any demanded item. You can add it into your dustpan and when you will clean your home, and then you can trap any motel object, nail or screw that is precious for you. This idea can also work for your workshop or garage, if you are mechanic.

    There are many other uses of magnetic tape, as it is a good option for finding lost metal objects from home which move towards dustbin without your knowledge. You can also use it as fridge magnetic clips, magnet bulletin boards and magnetic calendar board.

    Types of magnetic tape:

    • There is slightly different form of magnetic tape which is match pole tape. It is also useful for many applications which are different from casual magnetic tape like attachment of magnet with a magnet. It works by having different sides of magnet which is a roll magnetized saying side A and other magnetize roll saying side B.
    • One type of magnetic tape is high energy. This tape has different applications than others. This type of tape has double magnetic strength than regular one and perfect thing for industrial and heavy duty use.
    • Another type of magnetic tape which was widely used for storing data in the past. This type of tape is non-adhesive. This magnetic tape is basically made for recording. It is made up of thin coating of magnet on a plastic strip. This magnetic tape worked well for cassette tapes and audio tapes. Now this process has become outdated and new technologies have taken its place.

    Some important feature of magnetic tape:155383_a

    • If you are running a garage and want to organize your special tools then magnetic tape is right option for you. It has various types of uses and has ability to organize your tools in unique sequence like bits, nails, screws etc.
    • You can use it in your home for organizing toys of your child. It will help to keep the toys off from the floor.
    • You can use it in various other spots at your home, professional area or any working place like for hanging items in wall. It has unique applications for your kitchen. You can hang your crockery through it.
    • Many students like to use it during decoration sessions of their classrooms. It can be used in chalkboards and many other various types of spots that are throughout the classroom.

  18. Choose the best contractor marketing company available.

    November 11, 2014 by lincoln Deffenbaugh

    http://www.contractormarketinggurus.comFinding the best company to provide a needed service or product can be difficult.  The Internet has become so overwhelmed with information, that it can sometimes take browsing through dozens of search engine results before you find even one company that provides the service or product you are looking for.  Sometimes, the more specific your search, the more difficult it can be to find the right company.  This is most certainly true if you have ever searched for a contractor marketing company.  Although the search seems specific, and you can’t imagine there are many companies out there that offer marketing services for contractors, you might be overwhelmed once you hit the search button.  There are actually numerous companies that provide the service.  Therefore, finding the one that will provide the best service at the most affordable cost can be trick.  Fortunately, Contractor Marketing Gurus is the clear choice in the industry.  The reasons for this are quite numerous.

    The first reason they are the clear choice among contractor marketing companies is their comprehensive approach to marketing.  The team at Contractor Marketing Gurus understands that a successful marketing strategy is one that utilizes a wide variety of marketing tools.  First and foremost, Contractor Marketing Gurus are specialists in contractor website design.  They understand that the first step to creating a successful marketing strategy is creating a website that is easy-to-navigate, that keeps people’s attention, and that simply explains exactly what it is that your company does.  In addition to contractor website design, they also specialize in contractor SEO.  Contractor SEO, or search engine optimization, is the strategy to get your company to come up higher on search engines.  This is one of the most crucial ways to increase the amount of traffic that goes to your website.  They also specialize in contractor PPC strategies, as well as analytics and reporting.  They understand that a successful contractor marketing strategy is achieved not by doing one of these things well, but by doing all of them well.  They understand that you need to integrate all of the various aspects of your digital marketing strategy to ensure that your company reaches its goals.

    In addition to offering a wide variety of services, they are also incredibly affordable.  This is one of the main reasons why so many contractors have chosen them for their marketing needs.  In addition to all of the things that have been mentioned, Contractor Marketing Gurus are a great choice because of their immense experience and knowledge.  They have helped countless clients improve their company’s profits. Also, they really understand why it is that they do certain things.  No matter where you go on their website, you are hit with statistics that are specific to certain strategies.  Rather than doing things simply because they say to do them, you are able to gain a greater understanding of why.  They explain, using statistics, why it is important to partake in SEO strategies, to design your website in a specific manner, and more.  For all of these reasons, they are the clear choice when it comes to contractor marketing.


  19. Why You Should let a Moving Service do the Moving

    November 10, 2014 by Melissa Webb

    According to the US Census Bureau, last year about 40 million people in the US relocated to a new home, and with the rebounding economy that trend is expected to continue this year. While some people attempt to handle the burden of their move on their own, many others choose to use a moving service instead. And since the cost of hiring a full moving http://www.connecticutsfinestmovers.com/images/fotosearch_res_081c.jpgteam and truck can be rather expensive, more people are now relying on using moving services that allow the customer to do the packing and supply the moving truck, while the movers handle all of the loading, the unloading and/or driving. Services that offer this, such as Connecticut’s Finest Movers, are rising in popularly because they tend to be an overall lower cost option and the client isn’t stuck with the additional fees that usually come with a company that requires you to use only their moving equipment. Instead, they hire out moving labor – the people that will do the heavy lifting, loading and unloading, moving furniture into the correct places in the home, and even driving your rental truck if you need them to. Here are a few of the benefits of this type of service this writer encountered while moving last year:

    Using moving services is easier as well as less stressful. When you use moving labor, you still have the ability to pack your own boxes, but they handle all of the heavy lifting and loading. This allows you to still have the control to make sure your precious belongings are well taken care of – by someone that actually cares about them! You also can use your own truck, or rent a moving truck, which is especially helpful if you’re just moving a few items of furniture or you just need help with your heavier items. It also can save you a lot of money because you can shop around for the best moving truck rental option for your needs.

    When you have professional movers assist you instead of a few friends, there’s also a lower risk of injury. You won’t be running your pal to the emergency room because they were certain they could lift that television by themselves. You can focus on the details of the move instead of the stress that comes with having to constantly supervise to make sure everything is being moved and loaded correctly.

    Best of all, you don’t have to deal with the stress of driving a large moving truck! Not being forced to drive a truck while moving last year was worth the cost of hiring movers all on it’s own! Although a close second was the relief of not having to worry about dings in the walls or the couches and not having to carry them up two flights of stairs. Moving truck companies will often have specials or sales throughout the year so customers can shop around for the best deal, while a moving service that requires you use the company truck can charge any rate they want.


  20. Places to set up your concession stand

    November 10, 2014 by Megan Crow

    concession standAre you brainstorming places to set up your new concession stand? There are many resources available to help you find good spots for your business. Check with your local chamber of commerce and tourism board for local venues and upcoming community events. Look online at community event and entertainment calendars for ideas. Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any upcoming events they could use your services for. If you need some inspiration, here are some ideas for places to set up your concession stand.

    Sports Games
    You can’t have baseball without hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks, so why not set up outside a professional sporting event. Place your price point where it is less than what your customer will pay inside the stadium but still in a place where you can make a comfortable profit. Contact schools in your area and see if they need any concessions at their next football game. Most schools use concessions to raise money for their sports teams or stadiums, so it may not be a lucrative option.

    Concerts & Festivals
    A concert is a great place to find a good concession stand. After a few hours of dancing, everyone needs some food fuel to keep going. Festivals are typically multiple day events, so you will get maximum exposure if you can score a spot. You will most likely have to pay for your spot, but festivals can be a great high traffic venue for you to set up. Beer festivals are also ones to scout out. Naturally, with people drinking, food is a necessity.

    Carnivals
    No carnival would be the same without funnel cakes and cotton candy. Check for upcoming fairs and carnivals in your state and region. Then contact them about how to go about setting up at their venue. You can travel around to different locations showcasing your mobile concession stand.

    Bars
    After hours is probably the best time to find hungry people. You cannot complete an epic night of drinking without a nice meal. A great place to set up is near a bar that stops serving food before it closes. There are also bars these days that do not serve anything past pretzels and popcorn. In lieu of needing a kitchen in their establishment, the bar commissions a mobile food truck or concession stand to compensate.

    Farmers Markets
    If your mobile food service caters to a healthier crowd, rent a space at a local farmers market. You will not only be closer to your target market, but you will also be in a space where food is not typically served from a kitchen. This is a great high traffic venue to gain more exposure for your food. It is also a good place to let people know of any other locations in their community where they can find you.

    Hospitals
    Employees of hospitals work at all hours of the day and night. They barely have the time to fit in a good meal, so you would be a convenient solution for them. Offer food or drinks that help boost energy and promote alertness.

    For your concession supply needs, contact American Concession Supply. They have a variety of products necessary for a successful concession stand business.